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A painting by Claire Fletcher, The Black Winkle Studio

“Today, many towns have no bookshops. If they also have no library, where are children to find books? Is it a surprise that we are always reading horrifying statistics about the number of homes without books? If children don’t discover what books they like, they are unlikely to become life-long readers, and we are therefore heading for a less literate society. Illiteracy leads to lower skills, greater social problems, higher crime rates, and a country less able to prosper in the global jobs market. Cutting libraries is a false economy. They are the best literacy resource that we have.”

Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and the 2012 Children’s Laureate

Art above by Claire Fletcher of the Black Winkle Studio, Hastings.

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